French riding star Eric Legrix and Sherie Kong Pik-wai, the territory's first female apprentice, are to be married this summer. Legrix, 31, and Kong, 21, will tie the knot in mid-August in the picturesque French training town of Chantilly, an hour north of Paris. They will join a tiny group of husbands and wives racing against each other. British jump jockeys, Dale McKeown and Penny Ffitch-Heyes competed during their engagement. Legrix, whose big-race victories include an American Breeders' Cup (Turf) and a Hong Kong Derby, smiled yesterday: 'I've been lucky enough to win some very big races but Sherie is far and away the biggest prize I've ever won. 'We've been together now for two years and are very excited and very, very happy to be getting married. 'We will marry in Chantilly and hope to arrange a second celebration when we come back to Hong Kong.' Kong, who claims a seven-pound apprentice allowance, and has nine career victories to her name, added: 'We're together now so getting married seems the normal thing to do but, of course, it is still a very exciting step.' The couple met when Kong joined master French trainer Patrick Biancone straight from the Jockey Club's Beas River apprentice school in a blaze of publicity 31/2 years ago. Legrix was already stable jockey to Biancone, having been one of a number of apprentices that Biancone nurtured to riding stardom when based in Chantilly. Biancone said: 'When two people such as Eric and Sherie love each other it is a truly beautiful thing that they marry. My dream is that they have a child and when that child is 14 he or she will become an apprentice jockey to me and I can make that child into a top rider, too.' 'This would be a lifetime's dream. Should it happen I will then be happy to realise I have become an old man,' Biancone said. Kong, who is determined to continue her burgeoning riding career, laughed: 'That would be special but I don't think it will be happening for quite some time.'